Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Hawaiian crickets converge on the same solution to eavesdropping parasites

Posted 05 Jun 2014 / 0

The New York Times “On Separate Islands, Crickets Go Silent“

A Minor Post, Adaptation, Articles, Behavior, Coevolution, Convergence, Evolution, Host-Pathogen Evolution, Natural Selection, Phylogenetics

Sweet Fern Productions puts Alfred Russel Wallace to paper

Posted 26 Jan 2014 / 0

Sweet Fern Productions “The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace” I loved the Sweet Fern video on whale fall, but this is even more valuable as a historical account of Wallace’s life. I really like the way that this video depicts natural selection! Great way of showing differential survival as Wallace might have seen it!

A Minor Post, Biography, Evolution, Evolution Education, Film, Television, & Video, Geography, History, Natural Selection, Science as a career, Science in Art & Design, Speciation, Teaching Tools, The WmD Project, Tropical Forest

Once considered clear, the line between ecological and evolutionary time scales is becoming more blurry

Posted 25 Jan 2014 / 0

The Chronicle of Higher Education “What Darwin Got Wrong” Great article on the importance of better understanding rapid and/or fluctuating evolution! The number of applications to applied human issues is fascinating.

A Minor Post, Adaptation, Articles, Climate Change, Coevolution, Community Ecology, Fluidity of Knowledge, Freshwater Ecosystems, Host-Pathogen Evolution, Interactions, Invasive Species, Natural Selection, Pollution, Population Genetics, Predation, Resistance Evolution in Parasites, Rivers & Streams

Barash not so enlightening on the paradox of human homosexuality

Posted 02 Jan 2013 / 1

The Chronicle of Higher Education “The Evolutionary Mystery of Homosexuality” It is interesting that Barash focuses so heavily in this article on traditional population genetic explanations for the “paradox” of homosexuality, especially when it is becoming so clear that single-gene approaches to human evolution make very little sense. Barash also makes a really weak argument Read More

A Minor Post, Articles, Evolution, Gene by Environment Interactions, Genetics, Group Selection, Kin Selection, Natural Selection, Population Genetics, Reproductive Fitness, Sex and Reproduction

Daniel Dennett on Darwin and Turing’s “strange inversion of reasoning”

Posted 26 Jun 2012 / 0

The Atlantic “‘A Perfect and Beautiful Machine’: What Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence” I like this idea of “competence without comprehension”. I think that this could apply to a lot of our cultural practices as well as to the brilliance of evolved biological adaptations. I also appreciate the use of the “sorta” Read More

A Minor Post, Adaptation, Articles, Cognitive Ability, Evolution, Natural Selection

Steven Pinker makes it clear that he is not a “group selectionist”

Posted 26 Jun 2012 / 5

Frequently I feel like I am listening to an early 2000’s George W. Bush speech when the ‘opponents of group selection’ step up to the podium. Seemingly, you are either “with us or against us” when it comes to considering selection acting at a level above the individual. As someone who is open to thinking Read More

A Major Post, Adaptation, Coevolution, Cultural Evolution, Group Selection, Kin Selection, Memetic Fitness, Multilevel Selection, Natural Selection, Punishment, Web

Once again Jerry Coyne goes ad hominem to defend evolutionary orthodoxy

Posted 25 Jun 2012 / 0

Why Evolution is True “David Sloan Wilson loses it again” This is the guy who is the Past President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, and he just cannot seem to keep his comments focused on science. There are some really great ideas discussed here, particularly about the nature of selfish genes and the Read More

A Minor Post, Group Selection, Kin Selection, Natural Selection, Web

S.E. Gould takes on sloppy use of the selfish gene metaphor

Posted 16 May 2012 / 0

Scientific American Blogs “On selfish genes and human behaviour“

A Minor Post, Evolution, Genetics, Natural Selection, Web